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Bewley, Meyers chosen to represent northern Democrats

Superior Telegram

With state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, planning to retire at the end of his term, voters were left with two seats to consider on the Democratic ticket.

Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, decided to run for the soon-to-be-vacated seat leaving open the 74th Assembly District seat.

And Tuesday, voters in the 25th Senate District rewarded Bewley for the decision. Bewley carried more than 72 percent of votes cast Tuesday in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for the Senate.

Her challengers, Park Falls Mayor Thomas Ratzlaff earned about 17 percent of the vote districtwide and Poplar businessman Gary Kauther garnered almost 11 percent of the vote.

In Douglas County, voters, Ratzlaff faired about the same, with about 17 percent of the vote, but Kauther faired a little better in his home county, garnering about 21 percent of the vote.

Still, Bewley carried the county with about 62 percent of the vote.

Bewley faces a challenge from Republican Rice Lake businessman Dane Deutsch on Nov. 4.

And Democrat Beth Meyers of Bayfield faces Jamey Francis of Hurley in the November election for Bewley’s seat in the 74th District of the Wisconsin Assembly.

Meyers defeated Democratic challenger Graham Garfield of Mason with about 65 percent of the vote.

In other statewide races, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who ran unopposed Tuesday, is facing former Trek executive Mary Burke, who garnered about 83 percent of the Democratic vote statewide — 87 percent in Douglas County — over Madison Democrat Brett Hulsey on Tuesday.

Democrat John Lehman cleared the way to run as Burke’s lieutenant governor with 55 percent of the vote. Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also ran unopposed Tuesday.

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ took 52 percent of the vote statewide — 63 percent in Douglas County — in a three-way race with Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and former state Rep. Jon Richards for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

Happ faces Republican Brad Schimel of Waukesha for the office in November.

Republican Matt Adamczyk faces Democrat Dave Sartori for state treasurer after both won Tuesday’s primary, and Republican Julian Bradley received the nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette in November.